Thanks to the game we all love, 2021 has given us many memorable experiences.

It’s hard to believe that the New Year is already upon us. At GOLF, it’s become an annual tradition to showcase our favorite photos from our phones on a year-end roundup. From family time to new experiences on the course, 2021 has brought us unexpected joys and laughs, thanks to the game we all love.

Well done to you and yours as we prepare to welcome 2022 and say goodbye to the most memorable moments of 2021.

Unlike Tiger Woods, I have never been to a father-son golf event. My dad didn’t play, and neither did my 16 year old son Leo. But every now and then he and I hang out on the course together. It’s not Leo in the photo. He is a border collie named Paint, one of the many representatives of his breed across the country who are trained to hunt geese on golf courses. This image is a screenshot from a video Leo and I produced about Paint’s early days at Corica Park Golf Course in Alameda, CA. Leo, who’s better with a camera than with a golf club, filmed it, capturing a lot of pretty footage you can see in the finished product here. I mention all of this to put the image in context. But these details are secondary to me. What remains to me is not so much the image or the subject as the memory of how the video was born. It happened during long hours spent on the golf course with my son. That alone made it time well spent. —Josh Sens

My nephew, the talker. My favorite golf photo of the year also came during my 13 year old nephew’s favorite golf time. This year we played our first round together on a “big” course (which I mentioned here) and the 16th par 5 of 445 yards at the Moor Downs Golf Course in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday August. ., 2, 2021, I made a par – and Mason birdie. After which he took the brown scoring pencil from our cart, wrote down our scores, then drew about 10 circles around his fours and scribbled an arrow pointing up below. Just in case anyone forgot who beat who that hole. Lord help me when its 18 holes the score is lower than mine. Kid. —Nick Piastowski

This is a photo from February in Seattle on the second floor of the Interbay Golf Center driving range. Golf in all its forms in February is a great bonus. Interbay has huge hot dogs at reasonable prices. I am a man of simple pleasures. The photo itself doesn’t have much to say; I hold my phone in one hand and the hot dog in the other, after all, with a golf bag slung over my shoulder. But yes, it’s a lightly toasted bun.
—Dylan Dethier

When I look back to 2021, I will fondly remember it. It was, after all, the year I landed my first jump shot: a slip-shift on an assist from Bryson DeChambeau in the living room lab of Professor Chris Como, the GOLF Top 100 teacher. This left GOLF’s Sean Zak, the man holding the camera for this one, stunned, but I could see a glint of pride in his eyes. This raised my percentage from 3 career points to 100 percent on the Hall of Fame trajectory. Having unraveled the mysteries of the sport, I thought it was the right time to retire and refocus my attention on golf. —Luke Kerr-Dineen

Claire joined the GOLF team about a year ago and we quickly became friends. Fast ~ virtual ~ friends, that is to say. She lives in Rhode Island and I’m in New York, but between Slack calls, voice memos, Snapchats, texts, etc., we talk almost every day. But, when we went to Champions Retreat in mid-November, it was actually only our second meeting in real life – what weird times continue to be. Our visit was a cocktail of great friendship, great golf and great hospitality, which is why this is one of my favorite golf photos of 2021. —Emily Haas

Our caddies at Bandon Trails told us we wouldn’t be able to do the whole tour until darkness descended on the course, so we decided to prove them wrong. Instead of shortening the day after just 28 holes, we sent our loopers back to the clubhouse and chose to sling our poles the rest of the way. I wouldn’t recommend playing any of Bandon’s courses without a caddy – well worth the price of assistance on the greens – but there is something magical about walking the fairways in Bandon in the twilight. Even better? We walked around with plenty of daylight.
—Jonathan wall

The Bethpage Gauntlet: 90 holes, 36 hours, countless bulbs. Would I ever do it again? No. Is this one of my favorite golfing memories of the year? Absoutely. —Zéphyr Melton

As Tiger and Charlie Woods demonstrated at the PNC Championship, golf is a family affair. My dad, Kevin, gives my girlfriend, Lindsay, a swing lesson on their first round together. They share the t-shirt here, but dad isn’t playing today. He is doing the course for the first time in four months after tearing his Achilles tendon. My father has always been a model of perseverance and generosity. He goes for miles and hits full blast long before the doctors tell him he can, and he’s really invested in helping Lindsay improve her game. She’s a sponge, a former varsity athlete and she loves it. fight against itself. Lindsay is new to golf, but I think she’ll be hitting me by next summer. This photo taken on a crisp October morning reminds me how much I love them both. And how grateful I am to golf for bringing them together. —Connor Federico

There is an old adage in golf course architecture: take what the land gives you. The same can be said of what sand gives you. On a desolate Costa Rican beach last summer, I took this mantra to heart when, out of nowhere, a gorgeous little par-3, or at least the bones of such a hole, appeared in front of me as a vision. Elevated green cove, babbling, departure area. Can I get an Amen ?! Strangely enough, all the other necessary accessories were also on hand, as if this hole was just waiting to come to life: a piece of burlap for the flag, a long narrow branch for the stick, coconuts for the markers. departure. There was even a piece of washed wood, painted red, which made a perfect danger stake. Now if only I had brought my clubs.
—Alan Bastable

I am so obsessed with this photo. To someone who does not know golf, that means absolutely nothing. But for the 2020 Olympics, that says it all. In the foreground, Stefan Sc Chaudele, using his one good eye to watch his son through his monocular, over there across the fairway and under the trees. Alex had exploded his training on 14 so far to the right that it put OB on the line. He might have collapsed, but it’s hard to say! This is what 150 meters distance looks like through a magnifying glass. Oh, what about all those people in blue and white shaded shirts? They are volunteers who definitely weren’t encouraging Alex. Hideki was their man, in the same group, in pursuit of gold. Stefan was stoic and calm, whispering advice to his son, at a full 9 iron. Alex took his drop, stung, stalled and put two for bogey. Avoiding the doubles is what makes him one of the best players in the world, and it put him on the top of the podium an hour later. – Sean Zak

Monday 13 December. Almost five o’clock, near sunset. Searched for the ninth and final hole on the St. Martins course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, within city limits. Our match was tied standing on the last tee. One of us played two putts about 25 feet for a par. The other of us did a 15 foot for a birdie. It doesn’t matter who did what? A calm night, winter is coming. Its good.
—Michael Bamberger

If the photos are a good approximation for a year, then I’ve had a damn good one. There were so many options to choose from, from my paragliding tour over Torrey Pines to the life-changing gas station. But in the end, there really could only be one selection – this one. I took this photo shortly before leaving the Augusta National press center on Saturday night of the Masters. My week in April marked the fulfillment of a lifelong dream – my very first Masters and my first as a member of the media. Three generations of my family had dreamed of going to Augusta, and like many others, the tournament is a very unique part of my family tapestry. It’s hard to grasp how mind-blowing it was to see my name engraved in a physical part of the tournament, or to explain what it was like to walk around Amen Corner late Sunday afternoon. The best I can understand is that it was probably the most fulfilling time of my life. I want to thank all of the GOLF staff who have helped me this week (and they ALL have helped me). It was both the coolest and most intimidating seven days of my career, and their grace and general benevolence made them a memory I will cherish forever. —James Colgan

In 2021, the only golf trip I wanted to do was to Bandon Dunes. I put it there, and then it became a reality. I used to think people might overdo Bandon and left knowing that it was impossible to overdo it enough. The place is so pure. It’s as good as a golfer, and this photo will serve as a daydreaming reminder for years to come.
—Tim Reilly

In November, I made my first working trip in almost two and a half years to the GOLF Top 100 Teacher Summit in Pinehurst. It was just a few days, but it was such a refreshing experience. Not only did I have the chance to reconnect with colleagues in person for the first time in a long time, but I was finally able to meet some of our new hires, like Claire, Connor and Zephyr. It was a great reminder of why we love this game so much – the unique and hugely satisfying way it brings people together. —Jessica Marksbury

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